Breaking Ad: When Hip-Hop First Went Corporate

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Kyle Coward | The Atlantic Apr 21 2015, 7:45 AM ET First up is the Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man rapping over a minor-key piano sample atop a classic East Coast boom-bap beat, climaxing with a roar and proclaiming that he likes to wet his whistle with a 40-ounce. The camera pans past Ol’ Dirty Bastard […]

Daz Dillinger Says He Will Rob Anyone Putting Up Suge Knight’s Bail Money

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by Paul Meara | Hip Hop DX posted Sunday April 19, 2015 at 03:00PM PDT Daz Dillinger jokingly threatens a figurative accomplice to getting Suge Knight out on bond. Suge Knight’s murder trial has seen its fair share of antics. From entering the courtroom outfitted as a blind man to fainting when learning of how […]

John Legend Announces Campaign To End Mass Incarceration, FREE AMERICA


By Tanay Hudson | All Hip Hop News April 13, 2015 John Legend is using his talents to address a social cause. The Academy Award-winning singer has announced that he is launching a campaign to end mass incarceration, FREE AMERICA. “We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country,” Legend told the Associated Press. […]

A$AP Ferg Says Racism Doesn’t Exist Anymore, Thanks To…The Internet

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The Huffington Post | By Brennan Williams March 23, 2015 Rapper A$AP Ferg has intentions of bridging the gap between suburban and inner-city America by connecting fans to his music via the Internet. During a recent interview on NPR’s “Microphone Check” podcast, the 26-year-old A$AP Mob member explained his thoughts that racism has ended and […]

San Diego judge drops charge against rap singer in gang case

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By Tony Perry | LA Times March 16, 2015 A San Diego judge Monday dropped conspiracy charges against a rap singer accused of belonging to a violent street gang whose members are facing charges of attempted murder and other offenses. Prosecutors had alleged that Brandon Duncan, 33, fit the legal definition of a gang member […]

Biggie Claimed Some Of Tupac’s “Me Against The World” Beats Were His, Easy Mo Bee Says

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By Mitchell Steinfeld posted Tuesday March 10, 2015 at 02:00PM PDT The Tupac Shakur album turns 20 this week. On the twentieth anniversary week of Me Against The World, Easy Mo Bee discusses producing songs on the Tupac album. “We recorded a big batch of songs,” Easy Mo Bee says during an interview with RevoltTV. […]

Charges dropped against local rapper ‘Tiny Doo’

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10News Digital Team 11:53 PM, Jan 13, 2015 SAN DIEGO – A local rapper who has spent eight months behind bars for his song lyrics may soon go free. A judge has dropped conspiracy charges against Brandon Duncan — who goes by the rapper name “Tiny Doo” — and more than a dozen other gang […]

‘Too young, too soon': Family, friends search for answers

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James Crepea / Montgomery Advertiser 10:59 p.m. CST December 15, 2014 AUBURN — As friends and family gathered at the Opelika home of Mario and Arlicia Mitchell, a father was struggling for answers as to why he won’t see his son alive again. Jakell Mitchell, a freshman member of Auburn’s football team, was shot and […]

Ole School Cakes from back in the day

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Stefani Camille December 09, 2014 If you grew up in South Los Angeles and went to a LAUSD School you know much too well about the dense square of dough called coffee cake. Those cakes were scrumptious; at least that’s what we thought back in the day, as a kid. These warm confection of […]

Rapper Beanie Sigel Shot Outside Pleasantville, New Jersey Home


By Vince Lattanzio / NBC10 News December 05,2014 Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel has been shot after an apparent fight outside a Jersey Shore home, police tell NBC10. His attorney believes the rapper was not the intended target. The shooting happened around 9:45 a.m. outside Sigel’s home along the 800 block of Spruce Avenue in Pleasantville, […]

Rapper Tiny Doo charged; his album ‘promoted’ shootings, D.A. says

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By Tony Perry / LA Times November 20, 2014 Among the 15 suspected San Diego street-gang members charged in a string of shootings is Brandon Duncan, an aspiring rap singer. Duncan, 33, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, is not accused of providing the guns or being present at the nine shootings that terrorized […]

An Insider’s Look Before They Were Hip-Hop Stars


By Carolina Gonzalez / The New York Times November. 18, 2014 The sharp features and bedroom eyes are eminently familiar. But the sun-dappled portrait of Snoop Dogg Lisa Leone took in 1993 surprises. The rapper appears not just young — this was just before the release of his first solo album — but soft. “What […]